Getting an opportunity to play with the legendary Kobe Bryant in the first season of his career was a great privilege, feels Jordan Clarkson. The Filipino-American star revealed that he has learned a lot from the Black Mamba during his two year stint at Lakers. It’s Kobe Bryant’s influence that helped a rookie Clarkson to establish himself in the professional league, he also added.
“Great. Greatness. There’s really no other way to describe it. Everyone knows that Kobe is one of the best players of all time, and being able to learn the game through his eyes is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in basketball. It was special being a rookie and stepping onto the court with him, but it was even more special being able to be a part of his final season. I’ve learned so many things from him that I will cherish for the rest of my life.” Clarkson explained the great impact Bryant had on him while playing at Lakers together, in a recent interview with Michelle Florcruz of Asia Society.
Clarkson and Bryant have been teammates for two seasons at Lakers until the Black Mamba’s retirement at the end of this regular season.
The Lakers purchased a second round pick in 2014 from the Washington Wizards and ended up landing Jordan Clarkson, the 46th overall pick. The move clicked as Clarkson exceeded all expectation in the first two seasons of his NBA career to emerge as a promising star. The 23-year-old is expected to get a considerably pay-hike as a restricted free agent this summer.
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